This month, the Tobin Center will host a heartwarming production for the whole family, as Broadway’s hit musical Finding Neverland is coming to San Antonio!
Make Your Plans
The show will go on at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ H-E-B Performance Hall on Wednesday, January 29. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. You can order tickets through the theater’s website. The Tobin Center is located at 100 Auditorium Circle, San Antonio, Texas 78205.
A Play for a Playwright
Based on the Academy Award-winning film by the same name, Finding Neverland tells the story of writer J.M. Barrie and the experiences that led to creating Peter Pan. We find the struggling storyteller lonely and insecure in London, searching for the confidence to become a writer. Inspiration comes in the form of his friend Sylvia and her children, Michael, George, Jack, and Peter. Fascinated by their wild imaginations, Barrie begins to build the world of Neverland and all the beloved characters within.
When Barrie debuted Peter Pan (also known as Peter and Wendy) in 1904, he knew that the theater-going sophisticates of London had never seen anything else like it. While it was certainly a gamble, time has proven that his vision paid off. A production began on Broadway the following year, and the playwright published a novelization in 1911. Since then, the original story has been adapted in numerous ways, from straightforward retellings to continuations like 1991’s Hook.
A Pirate’s Life for Me
Theater tradition holds that in productions of Peter Pan, the actor who plays the father, Mr. Darling, should also portray Captain Hook. This practice began with the very first performance of Peter Pan, when Gerald du Maurier requested the pirate’s role. While many following productions have continued the custom, the NBC showing of Peter Pan Live! broke the trend in 2014. Christian Borle played both Darling and the genial Mr. Smee, while Christopher Walken lent his uneasy cadence to Captain Hook.
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